Canadian Pork Council celebrates the conclusion of CPTPP trade negotiations

January 23, 2018 OTTAWA - The Canadian Pork Council (CPC) welcomed the news out of Japan this morning that an agreement has been reached on the Comprehensive and Progressive Transpacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade deal by all 11 members.

The Canadian Pork Council wishes to thank Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, International Trade Minister François Champagne, Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay, the negotiating team and all other Canadian representatives that supported the CPC’s request that this trade deal be concluded as soon as possible and contributed to making it happen.

Pork producers can be comforted in knowing that Canadian pork will have competitive access to key markets such as Japan, and developing markets such as Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia following the signing of the trade deal in March.

“The CPTPP is of tremendous importance to Canadian pork producers who export over 70% of their products to over 100 countries” says CPC Chair Rick Bergmann. “Because of improved access to key markets, Canadian pork producers can rest easy knowing that their livelihood and that of thousand other Canadians in rural and urban communities who work in the pork industry is supported by this newest trade deal” he adds.

In 2016, Canadian pork exports to nine out of the ten countries that are members of the CPTPP totalled 380,000 tonnes valued at more than $1.4 billion. With this trade deal concluded, Canadian pork products will continue to be made available to more than 461 million potential consumers under conditions favourable to the Canadian pork industry. The increased demand for Canadian pork from these partners will contribute to reaching the $75 billion export goal set out in the 2017 federal budget.

The Canadian Pork Council is the national voice for hog producers in Canada. A federation of nine provincial pork industry associations representing 7,000 farms, the organization plays a leadership role in achieving and maintaining a dynamic and prosperous Canadian pork sector.




Media Contact:

Gary Stordy
Director, Government and Corporate Affairs
Canadian Pork Council
613 236-9239 ext. 277


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